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October 18, 2004

Jon Stewart

I was a big fan of Jon Stewart back in the day when Lara Flynn Boyle was stalking him. The Daily Show was a pleasant surprise and it was great to have him back on tv until the leftward editorial lurch of the last six months brought polemics and dullness. I suppose some must feel the same way about Dennis Miller (the only show I can watch knowing I will not be irritated).

Watching Jon Stewart on Crossfire reminded me why I like and respect the man (via Wizbang).

STEWART: You know, the interesting thing I have is, you have a responsibility to the public discourse, and you fail miserably.

CARLSON: You need to get a job at a journalism school, I think.

STEWART: You need to go to one.

If the CNN appearance is not enough to be getting on with, Stewart appeared on NPR's Fresh Air to discuss his new book. The only disappointment is to hear him recycle his "hot stone massage" joke.

And then... Apparently I am not the only one to stop watching.

And then... INDC Journal comments.

You can't have it both ways, Stewart. It's fine for you to take sides, but you're drubbing of Begala and Carlson marks you as a hypocrite. And besides - any sensible political junkie isn't stupid enough to view Crossfire as anything other than really bad comedy. Unfortunately ...

And then... American Digest comments and offers a Stewart link round-up.

I actually caught Jon Stewart's on-air evisceration of 'Crossfire' last week, and I have to admit I enjoyed the discomfort and confusion he brought to the dual tools of that broadcast. At the same time I also noted what a large, self-impressed tool Stewart has become.

And then... Jon Stewart discusses his appearance on Crossfire.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 18, 2004 10:07 AM

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Comments

I watched a clip of Stewart on Crossfire: he owned them, hard. Interesting stuff. And as Stewart himself pointed out..his show is not really an example to look at, puppets making crank calls and all that. Fallows's book, "Breaking the News" has some good stuff on how shows like Crossfire have really made political coverage, and by extension, politics, dysfunctional. They cover the mechanics, the game, rather than the substance of what political discourse should be about.

Posted by: Dr_Funk at October 18, 2004 11:42 PM